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Philadelphia Eagles At Indianapolis Colts at RCA Dome November 26, 2006

Game 12

 November 26, 2006




Addai right. Addai left. Addai up the middle. Addai in the end zone.
Addai in the record book.



















Date: Date: 11/26/2006
Philadelphia Eagles At Indianapolis Colts 
at RCA Dome

Start Time: 8:21 PM EST

Game Day Weather

Played Indoor on Turf: FieldTurf
Outdoor Weather: Mostly cloudy, 57 degrees


Referee: William F. Carollo (63)
Line Judge: Byron Boston (18)
Field Judge: Eddy Powers (38) Umpire: Bill Schuster (129)
Side Judge: James Coleman (95)
Replay Official: Bob Boylston  Head Linesman: John Schleyer (21)
Back Judge: Bob Waggoner (25)

The first 3 quarters was a hell of a show as it began to get rather boring to watch towards the end . . .

Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!   Touchdown, Colts!  

Eagles - 0   Eagles - 0   Eagles - 0   Eagles - 3   Eagles - 0   

Eagles - 0  . . .   

Hell, we started letting them score.

Filling in for star quarterback Donovan McNabb, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, Jeff Garcia threw for two scores and Brian Westbrook ran for over 100 yards for a third straight game, but it wasn't enough to overcome The Colts as they paved right through the Philadelphia Eagles. The Colts blew the Eagles defense off the line of scrimmage, locked them down in the second level and did anything they wanted in the air and on the ground.

But the Eagles couldn't blame this one on McNabb's absence. From a poor early decision to challenge Reggie Wayne's one-handed, 38-yard catch to a botched double-pass that was picked off by Nick Harper
 David Akers' missed 36-yard field goal,
the game was filled with mistakes.

Indianapolis opened the season with a precarious chase of perfection through the air. They were finally grounded, and on Sunday night, Joseph Addai took off running.

Against a strong Philadelphia defense, the running back slashed and powered his way to a career-high 171 yards, setting a franchise rookie record by scoring four touchdowns in the Colts' 45-21 rout of the Eagles.

Peyton Manning was generally a spectator in this game. Instead, Addai was the one making offense look easy, with his slashing runs, quick burst and overpowering style eating up chunks of yardage on nearly all 24 carries.

Addai, who entered this week as the top rookie runner in the NFL, had 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the first half to tie a Colts' rookie record for scores, first set by Billy Vessels in 1956.

Addai rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns, tying the team record for rushing touchdowns in a game set by
 Eric Dickerson against Denver on Oct. 31, 1988.

He also caught two passes for 37 yards, giving him 208 total yards. 

Addai's four touchdowns tied an NFL rookie record for rushing scores in one game.

Pro Football Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson is the only other Colt who has rushed for four touchdowns. He did it against Denver on Halloween night in 1988. Seven others have run for three and they include names like Alan Ameche and Lenny Moore, also Hall of Famers, Marshall Faulk, who is headed there, and Edgerrin James, who might have been.

Addai also broke a franchise record for points scored by a rookie in a game - the previous high was 18, reached in 1956, 1994 and 1996.

Peyton Manning went 14-for-20 with 183 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

Manning reached another milestone in the game as he became the fastest player in league history to reach 3,000 completions. He accomplished the feat on his first completion of the game, a 17-yard completion to Reggie Wayne on the Colts' second pass play. He reached 3,000 completions in 139 games, breaking the record of 146 games shared by Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe.

Wayne finished the game with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

The victory put the Colts (10-1) on the verge of clinching a playoff berth for the seventh time in eight seasons. The Colts can win the AFC South title next week with a victory at Tennessee or a Jacksonville loss at Miami.





The Colts won the toss and received. David Akers kicked off and Terrence Wilkins was back to return the kick. Torrance Daniels made a great tackle and the Colts started on their 21-yard line.

Colts Ball

On first down, Dominic Rhodes ran right and was tackled by Trent Cole after a 3-yard gain. On second and 7, Peyton Manning went to Marvin Harrison over the middle and the throw was incomplete. On third and 7, Manning completed a throw to Reggie Wayne for a first down at the 41-yard line. Sheldon Brown nearly made the breakup, but the play went for 17 yards.

Then Manning went to the left side again for Wayne, good for a first down at the Eagles 48-yard line.

Rhodes carried right on first down and gained 6 yards. Brian Dawkins missed a tackle on a Rhodes run to the right side and he gained 5 yards.

From the 37, Manning threw short to Rhodes, who outraced Matt McCoy for a 13-yard gain to the 24. On first down from there, Joseph Addai gained 9 yards on a run to the right side.

On second and 1 from the 15, Addai ran left, slipped past a Roderick Hood attempted tackle,

Running back Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts breaks away from Roderick Hood #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles, for a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter November 26, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

and scampered into the end zone for a touchdown.

With 10:06 remaining in the first quarter, the Colts led 7-0 after Adam Vinatieri's PAT.

The Colts drove 79 yards in 9 plays. 

Eagles Ball

Reno Mahe returned the ensuing kickoff to the 23-yard line, and that is where Jeff Garcia started his first drive.

Brian Westbrook carried up the middle on first down for 3 yards. On second and 7, Garcia handed off to Westbrook from shotgun formation and Garcia gained 4 yards to the 30. On third and 3, Westbrook gained 10 yards for a first down to the 40.

From there, Westbrook caught a screen pass on the right side and picked up 11 yards to the Colts 49-yard line.

Then Garcia dropped back, stepped away from pressure and tried to get the ball to Correll Buckhalter over the middle. The pass was low and incomplete. On second and 10, Garcia called timeout.

Garcia threw complete for L.J. Smith on the right side for a gain of 8 yards. On third and 2 from the Colts 41, Westbrook took a pitch to the right side, ran into a pile and tried to make something of nothing inside. He was tackled at the spot of the first down, and gained the first down by a nose of the football.

On first down from the 39, Garcia hit Donte Stallworth on a quick screen to the right side. He eluded the tackle, but was quickly wrapped up after a 1-yard gain. On 2nd-and-9, Westbrook took the handoff and went to the left side for a 2-yard gain to the 36-yard line. On 3rd-and-7, Garcia out of the shotgun hit Greg Lewis in a 4-WR set, who held on despite a big hit for 13 yards and the first down. On 1st down from the 23, Westbrook took the handoff and went up the middle for a 4-yard gain to the 19. On second down, Garcia hit Westbrook on a screen to the right side for a 4-yard gain. On 3rd-and-2, Westbrook bounced out to the right side and was swallowed up for a 3-yard loss.

David Akers, with the ball on the right hash, pushed the 36-yard attempt wide left.

Colts Ball

From the 26-yard line, Addai ran right and was stopped by Cole for no gain. But then Manning went to Wayne down the left sideline against Sheldon Brown and Wayne made a terrific catch with his left hand extended to reach the Philadelphia 36-yard line.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, right, gets his toe in bounds to make a catch for 38-yards in front of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown in the first quarter of NFL football action in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

 The Eagles challenged the call.

After a review, Wayne was credited with a 38-yard catch and the Colts were in scoring position again.

Matt Kryger
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne celebrates as his one handed catch was ruled in bounds in the first quarter.

Addai ran right again and danced his way for 11 yards to the 25. Then Addai blew through a hole up the middle for 15 more yards to the 10 as the quarter ended.


Colts Ball
continued . . .

Addai continued where he left off in the first quarter by taking a handoff and running through a huge hole on the left side 10 yards for a touchdown.

Sam Riche
Indy's Joseph Addai scores his second TD of the game.

Dhani Jones was pushed out of the way and Addai went into the end zone untouched as the Colts, after the PAT, went up 14-0.

The Colts went 74 yards in 5 plays, taking only 1:53 off the clock. 

Eagles Ball

Mahe returned the next kickoff to the Colts 46-yard line, a 49-yard return.

On first down, Garcia threw left for Hank Baskett on a lateral. Baskett then threw down the field intended for Westbrook, but Nick Harper made the interception and returned it to the Colts 40-yard line.

Colts Ball

Manning threw for Rhodes on first down, but Jones and Trotter were there for a tackle and a 1-yard loss. But Manning came right back with a 10-yard completion to Ben Utecht. On third and 1, Addai ran left and gained a first down at the Eagles 43-yard line.

A Rhodes run right was snuffed out by Trotter for a 4-yard loss. On second and 14, the Colts committed a false-start penalty and moved back 5 yards. On second and 19, Rhodes ran right for 13 yards. On third and 6, Manning threw in the flat for Addai, who left Trotter in his dust and gained 16 yards.

Addai took a pitch to the right side and picked up 6 yards. On second and 4, Addai gained 2 more yards to the 15-yard line. On third and 2, Addai ran left and scored easily as the Colts blew the Eagles defense off the ball again.

Sam Riche
Colts RB Joseph Addai heads to the endzone on for his third TD of the game.

The PAT made it 21-0 with 8:58 left in the quarter. 

The Colts drove 60 yards on 9 plays, using 5:38 off the clock. 

Eagles Ball

Following a touchback, Garcia and the Eagles went three-and-out, gaining five yards on those plays before giving way to Dirk Johnson for his first punt of the game.

Colts Ball

Johnson's punt was returned 19 yards by Terrence Wilkins.

From the Eagles' 48, Rhodes was stopped for no gain on first down. Manning was flushed from the pocket on second down and threw incomplete. Manning threw incomplete on third down and the Colts were forced to punt. Hunter Smith punted 36 yards to the Eagles' 12-yard line where Mahe called for a fair catch.

Eagles Ball

From the 12, Garcia found Reggie Brown for 6 yards. Westbrook then picked up 6 yards off left tackle. Following a false start penalty, Correll Buckhalter took a short pass from Garcia and converted that into a 7-yard gain. The offense moved the chains with Garcia finding Smith in the middle for a 9-yard gain.

From the Eagles' 35, Garcia threw short right for Stallworth, who netted 8 yards. Westbrook then took a handoff and exploded for 21 yards. From the Colts' 36, Garcia flipped a shovel pass to Westbrook, who gained 17 yards. Buckhalter followed with runs of 13 and 5 yards as the Eagles moved to the Colts' 1-yard line. Garcia then capped the 10-play, 88-yard drive with a touchdown toss to a wide-open Smith to put the Eagles on the board.

Colts 21 - Eagles 7

Colts Ball

Wilkins returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to set up the Colts offense with just over a minute remaining in the first half.

Clark was injured when Sean Considine tackled him after a 4-yard completion with 34 seconds left in the second quarter. Clark's right leg got caught in the turf and dragged awkwardly underneath him before he hit the ground.

He stayed down and after taking off his helmet put both hands on top of his forehead in obvious pain.


Clark came into the game as Indianapolis' fourth-leading receiver with 25 catches for 307 yards and four TDs. The injury occurred on his first catch of the night.

Manning and Co. drove 33 yards on seven plays and closed out the half with Adam Vinatieri's 44-yard field goal and a 24-7 lead.

Colts tight end Dallas Clark limped off the field and went straight to the locker room after hurting his right knee just before halftime Sunday night.


The Colts announced at the start of the second half that Clark sprained his knee. His return was questionable.

Sam Riche
An injured Dallas Clark returned to the field out of uniform after being hurt in second quarter action.

Eagles Ball

Mahe returned the kickoff to his own 21-yard line. On first down, Westbrook bounced outside to his left and gained 16 yards. From the 37, Garcia scrambled for 7 yards. On second-and-3, Buckhalter was cut down in the backfield for a 2-yard loss. Westbrook took a third-down pass but was swarmed by Colts defenders after a 2-yard gain. The Eagles were forced to punt.

Colts Ball

The Colts took over at their 11. Addai started things with two runs for 20 yards. Manning then connected with Bryan Fletcher for 18 yards as the offense approached midfield. From there, Addai rushed twice for 11 yards and hauled in a 21-yard reception.

Manning later converted a third-down pass to Ben Utecht and then fired an 11-yard scoring strike to Wayne for a 31-7 lead.

Matt Kryger
Colts Reggie Wayne catches a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the third quarter.

Eagles Ball

Following the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles took possession at their 25. Westbrook started things with a pair of runs for 16 yards. Garcia later converted a third-and-7 with a nice pass to Greg Lewis. The play was good for 13 yards and moved the ball to the Colts' 43.

Westbrook then found running room off left tackle and picked up 16 yards. Three plays later, Garcia converted another third down. This time, he found Baskett over the middle for 16 yards. Two plays later, Garcia fired a perfectly-thrown slant to Reggie Brown for 3 yards and a touchdown.

Colts 31 -Eagles 14

The drive went 75 yards on 11 plays. The possession lasted for nearly six minutes.

Colts Ball

Wilkins returned the ensuing kickoff to the Colts' 28. Rhodes gained 4 yards on a first-down run as the third quarter expired.


Colts Ball
continued . . .

Rhodes was stuffed for no gain on second down. Manning threw incomplete on third and the Colts were forced to punt.

Eagles Ball

The Eagles, from deep in their own zone, failed to generate much offense and went three-and-out, punting back to Indy.

Colts Ball

From his own 36, Manning threw incomplete on first down. However,a penalty on Matt McCoy advanced the ball 5 yards. Addai then rushed for 5 yards. On second down, Manning appeared to hook up with Marvin Harrison, but Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard emerged with the football and returned it 25 yards to Indy's 27-yard line.

Eagles Ball

From the 27, Westbrook picked up 2 yards up the middle. Buckhalter then exploited a seam in the middle and converted a pass into a 19-yard gain the Colts' 6. Westbrook took it the final six yards on a run up the middle to close the Colts lead to 31-21.

Unfortunately, that's as close as they would come. 

Colts Ball

Charlie Johnson, a rookie from Oklahoma State, saw his first significant action as an offensive lineman with the Colts. The 6-5, 305-pound sixth-round draft choice was inserted on the first possession when Diem went out.

Johnson moved to left tackle for one play when Tarik Glenn went out briefly.

The Colts responded with plenty of Addai running the football, marching 73 yards on 13 plays. Addai capped it with his fourth touchdown of the game to put Indy up 38-21.

The rookie, Charlie Johnson had a key block on Eagles safety Brian Dawkins on the first of rookie Joseph Addai's four rushing touchdowns.

The drive took over six minutes off the clock.

Eagles Ball

On the Eagles next possession, Garcia was sacked with the credit going to Robert Mathis as Mathis strips the ball from Garcia from behind and Dwight Freeney nails him from the side.


 The loose ball was recovered by Kelvin Hayden, who took it 26 yards for a touchdown and a commanding 45-21 lead.

A.J. Feeley came on for the Eagles final series. After moving the ball 30-plus yards, Feeley was sacked and fumbled the football.

Colts Ball

Manning then took a knee to close out the game. 

FINAL: Colts 45, Eagles 21



The Colts have won five of the past six games in the series

The victory gave Colts coach Tony Dungy his fifth 10-victory season, a franchise record. The Colts have gone 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2 and 10-1 since Dungy's arrival in 2002. Don Shula coached the Colts to 10 or more victories four times.

It was the 400th regular season win for the Colts franchise

Harper has three interceptions this season, all against the NFC East. 

Colts tight end Dallas Clark left the game with a sprained right knee

Colts right tackle Ryan Diem left the game during the first quarter with a back muscle injury and did not return


The Eagles have not won in Indianapolis since December 1993

The Eagles family earlier this week suffered a pair blows, as former strong safety Andre Waters passed away at the age of 44 and former wide receiver Jack Ferrante passed away at the age of 90

Westbrook had seven receptions for 46 yards

Philadelphia defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was inactive after missing the team flight Saturday

Garcia sat out the final series with a right forearm strain. Garcia said he could have played, but decided against risking further any injury.

McNabb is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday in Alabama. 

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